My family always has my back. They have always supported my dreams. I have learnt to stand up against people who had low expectations of me, and I proved to them that I can do whatever I put my mind to. I completed my year 10 work experience at a vet and got great feedback from the vet. I got 80% on my Biology Exam in year 10 which reminded me that I can accomplish my dreams.

Movement has always been important for me. When school was hard, I had to run twice a day, an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon to be able to regulate so I could sit still in class for the day. I run on a treadmill at home and I have run in some races as well. Twelve kilometres has been my best race and time. I have medals that remind me of my tenacity.

Halfway through year 11, when I changed schools, I had one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. I climbed my way out of a depressive spiral and suicidal mindset and met four incredible friends who welcomed me and accept me and my disability. I am slowly remembering my strengths and working through my trauma in therapy. I have learnt to embrace my disability and I’ve learned to love it, for without it, I wouldn’t be standing here today.

The Lives We Lead Worklife has been funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services.
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